There is perhaps no other word in the Christian vocabulary that has suffered more at the hands of ignorance and superstition than has the word faith. Neither Jesus nor his apostles are responsible for having separated the words faith and God. They employed the word in its highest sense, which always linked it with the infinite. When the Christ-healing was lost sight of, and human consciousness became impregnated with the erroneous theories and opinions of men, the word faith lost its divine significance and so drifted to the level of human belief. Upon this lower level, "without works," and therefore "dead," Christian Science found it, and has already gone a long way toward restoring it to its primitive place in consciousness, its true relation to the one Spirit, God.

The wide-awake Christian must admit that, according to the teaching of Jesus and of his immediate followers, there was nothing but God and His Christ in which to have faith. They taught and demonstrated the all-sufficiency of omnipotent power to care for every human need. They believed in no other power or influence; consequently they could have faith in no other. It is therefore evident that Jesus was in no way responsible for the divided faith which characterizes the lives of almost countless multitudes who profess belief in his teachings. Whence, then, the seeming departure from the exercise of that living faith which lays hold of omnipotence and trusts implicitly in its directing and controlling power? Disobedience to Jesus' commands is directly responsible for the divorcement of faith from God. Jesus said, "If ye love me, keep my commandments." Obedience to the Master's teaching would have preserved intact the living faith of the early Christians, and this activity of right thought, for such it would have been, would have barred out the thousand and one human inventions which have claimed the attention of Christ Jesus' professed followers.

December 23, 1911

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